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Keeping Pets Safe with HayTag: GIVEAWAY

HayTag: A Long Range Wireless Pet ID System using Your Smart Phone

We were at our usual dog park which spans the perimeter of a water reservoir — fenced in with only one small side exposed to the street — when we saw a frantic dog racing up and down a quater mile stretch of the hike in search of his owner. Luckily, the dog and owner were reunited by the time we finished our walk. Read more…

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More Things That Kill Dogs If They Eat It

Common Pet Poisons to Beware of

My dog chewed on an industrial mouse poison bait trap. I have no idea where he got it but I found it in our gated and locked back yard. He was scheduled for his annual vet visit anyway, so it was well times. I should have brought the mouse poison along with the stool sample so I had to call my husband to read me the information off the box. Read more…

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Top 10: Best Coping with Loss of Pets Books for Kids

Books for Kids Grieving for Pet

It is never easy when a pet dies whether it’s expected or unexpected, particularly for children. My Mom Friend at Yoga asked for picture book recommendations when her son’s hamster died. She knew this would be hard on her son and my other Mom Friend recommended they read the Rainbow book out loud during the burial in the backyard.  Luckily the ground wasn’t frozen over because the weather was still quite cold. The Mom reported back that the burial went well and that reading the book helped make the ceremony special and personal. I think they referred to The Legend of the Rainbow Bridge but there actually two picture books on the same topic with  very similar names. Read more…

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Top 10: Best Dogs in Children’s Books

Best Dog Story Books for Kids

I’m a new dog owner and this is my first dog because you can’t count the beagle that we had when I was 2-years-old. Someone — maybe the meter reader? — left the gate open and he got run over and after that we just had a steady stream of Siamese cats. But now I get why dog people can be so over-the-top with their dogs. Dogs try to win your heart much more so than a cat, and these dogs in children’s chapter books have won untold hearts the world over.  Even if you are not a dog person, these dogs will convert you! These dogs are either rescuing someone or being rescued, getting kidnapped or preventing robberies, or just  a dog-about-town. Please meet some dogs to fall in love with! What dogs in children’s books have you fallen in love with? Please share! Read more…

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Things Dogs Eat That Will Kill Them: Raisins, onions, etc…

Food That Can Kill Dogs

We got the most adorable puppy two months ago.  He’s a Golden Retriever and he is a sweet bundle of love.  We had endless family meetings to pick a name and the only one that everyone agreed upon was Wally, so he’s named after the Red Sox mascot. Read more…

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Warm Weather Safety Tips for Pets from My Vet

Keeping Dogs and Other Pets Safe in Hot Weather

My vet sent me these warm weather safety tips for my dog and other pets. This is my first dog, so like a new parent, I am trying to educate myself to make sure I keep my dog alive and safe. Some of these hot weather tips were new to me and it gets hot here in New England so I am glad he sent them to me.  Oops on the dog shaving. I did do this a month ago to help with the ticks but the shave was a little too close. Next time I will ask for the “long shave” which just learned about. I guess you can teach an old dog new tricks after all! Read more…

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Picture Book On Rescue Dog after Loss of Pet

Loss of Pet Books for Kids

I was at the library the other day trying to find books for a silly list of picture book featuring chickens (after my silly list of Top 10: Best Old Fashioned (or Not) Picture Books Featuring Spunky Ducks). I had a list of 6 books I was trying to find and struck out completely. That was a first for me and I was surprised to come up dry because my library who claims to have every book ever published. Read more…

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RECALL: Dog Pig Ear Chews by Jones

Dog Pig Ear Recall: Salmonella Poses Risk to Humans and Dogs

Jones Natural Chews Co of Rockford, IL is recalling 2705 boxes of Pig Ears because it has the potential to be contaminated with SalmonellaSalmonella can affect animals and there is risk to humans from handling contaminated pet products. Read more…

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Dog Walking Leash Attachment for an extra hand

Free Hand When You Need Walking Your Dog

Capability:Mom turned me on the FreeHand Safety Strap. We both use a retractable leash to walk our dogs because the dogs like the freedom but the leash gets unwieldy when the time comes to clean up the doggy doo doo. You do actually need two hands to pick up the poo so what to do with the leash (not to mention dog treats that I am also holding!). I am usually trying to hold the leash handle under my arm which doesn’t actually work that well, especially if my dog has a smell that he wants to pursue. Read more…